Rise in number of paramilitary attacks

There have been 272 recorded paramilitary-style attacks in Northern Ireland over the last three years, it has emerged.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 28th December 2017, 10:22 am
Updated Thursday, 28th December 2017, 10:24 am
DUP MP Jim Shannon obtained the figures from the PSNI
DUP MP Jim Shannon obtained the figures from the PSNI

Some 95 of the assaults and shootings were carried out by loyalists and republicans from November 2016 to October 2017; up from 89 in the same period in 2015/16 and 88 in 2014/15.

The figures – obtained from the PSNI by DUP MP Jim Shannon – are broken down by parliamentary constituency.

He said that they do not include killings resulting from paramilitary attacks, which police classify as security-related deaths.

They reveal that Belfast West had the highest number of attacks (55) over the three-year period. A total of 20 attacks were recorded in the constituency in 2016/17, up from 17 the previous year.

Belfast North saw the second highest number of paramilitary-style attacks (15) in 2016/17, followed by East Antrim with 10 attacks.

Strangford saw the biggest rise in attacks over the last year, with 10 recorded in 2016/17, compared to three over the previous 12-month period.

There were no recorded attacks in either Fermanagh-South Tyrone or Newry and Armagh over the past three years.